How to Keep Long-Term Care From Bankrupting Us

When policymakers, health care analysts and financial journalists talk about the staggering costs of long-term care, it’s often wonky, devoid of humanity. We throw around statistics like this one from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: 52 percent of individuals turning 65 will require long-term care supports and services at some point in…

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Originally posted 2017-07-12 08:46:13.

Why Climate Change Might Keep You From Becoming a Grandparent

Rachel Ries’ decision not to have children evolved slowly and through many of the typical reasons, including relationships and career. But when the 37-year-old Minneapolis singer-songwriter wrote about it in an online testimonial two years ago, her rationale was nothing less than global climate change. “I have no confidence I’d leave my daydream children or…

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Originally posted 2017-07-12 08:46:03.

The Link Between Geography and Life Expectancy

(This article was provided through The OpEd Project, whose mission is to increase the range of voices and quality of ideas we hear in the world.) A recent study of death records across the U.S. by researchers at the University of Washington and the Department of Public Health in the Netherlands found a 20 year…

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Originally posted 2017-07-11 08:37:51.

How to Get the Most Out of Retirement

Some people approaching retirement may be asking with trepidation: What’s it going to be like? Others slide into retirement with the view that they’ll take a couple of months to relax and then see what happens. Somewhere between trepidation and lethargy may be your sweet spot, as I explain in my new book, Get The…

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Originally posted 2017-07-11 08:37:41.

6 Tips for a Successful Estate Sale

Next Avenue’s Richard Eisenberg recently wrote a post called “Sorry, Nobody Wants Your Parents’ Stuff.” He’s right, generally speaking, but it also kind of depends on what stuff your parents had. If there’s value — or at least value in the eyes of others — an estate sale could be worth trying. Simply put, an…

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Originally posted 2017-07-11 08:37:31.

Caffeinated or Not, Coffee May Help You Live Longer

Two new large studies suggest it might have been coffee that bubbled from the fountain of youth. Both studies, one conducted in the United States, one across 10 European countries, found that people who drank even a single cup of coffee a day — decaf and/or caffeinated — lived longer than people who didn’t drink…

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Originally posted 2017-07-11 08:37:21.

Should You Join an Alzheimer’s Study?

(Editor’s note: This content is provided by Antidote, a Next Avenue sponsor.) Even if you’ve worried about memory loss, you may not have considered participating in an Alzheimer’s study. Currently, more than 5 million people in the United States live with Alzheimer’s. Experts predict that number could triple by 2050. Unfortunately, there are no current…

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Originally posted 2017-07-10 12:27:36.

Heat Stroke Is Especially Dangerous, Even Deadly, in Older Adults

Many people embrace the extra hours of sunshine summer months offer, but the heat that comes with them can threaten your health. People age 65 and older are especially susceptible to heat stroke. In fact, 40 percent of heat-related deaths occurred in people 65 and older between 1999 and 2003, according to the Centers for Disease Control.…

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Originally posted 2017-07-10 08:27:55.

7 Biggest Complaints of Long-Married Couples

(This article appeared previously on Grandparents.com) After 30 or 40 years of marriage, you can’t blame some couples for settling into not-so-constructive patterns. You get married young, you share joy, pain, stress and family and gradually you might realize you fight often, rarely have sex and feel far apart even when you’re in the same room.…

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Originally posted 2017-07-10 08:27:45.

What Women Should Tell Their Bosses When They Have Cancer

We hear a lot about the struggles of working women and the notion that we can create some semblance of order between managing responsibilities at home and at work. It’s the elusive work/life balance every working woman longs to achieve. But throw a cancer diagnosis into the equation and that’s when things can really start…

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Originally posted 2017-07-10 08:27:34.